Match Time：5/4/2017 00:45 Thursday (GMT+8)
Ajax: Unstable form in the last weeks (Recent form: W W W L L)
Ajax were lucky to qualify for the semi finals of Europa League. They won easily the first leg against Schalke with 2-0 on the quarter final, but then in the second leg were not good enough. They team lost in Germany with 0-2, also a player was sent off. Then in the extra time Schalke scored third goal, but Ajax even with 10 men somehow scored 2 goals to lose only with 2-3 and qualify for the next stage. Then came another lose in Eredivisie against PSV with 0-1, which costs the title in Holland as Feyenoord now has 4 points advantage and will win it, so the last 2 weeks were pretty bad for Ajax and they must improve and focus now only on Europa League. At home are amazing after 5-1 over Heerenveen in the last game. This was 10th consecutive home win in all competitions, also 21st game in this season without a lose – 20 wins and 1 draw (1-1 vs PSV). Sinkgraven is the only one, who will miss here due to knee injury, but all other players are in the squad.
Lyon: A lot of problems in the last couple of weeks for the club (Recent form: L W L L W)
Lyon won against Angers in the last weekend with 2-1 in French Ligue 1. But this is only the third win from the last 9 games in all competitions. In Europa League was a little bit lucky to eliminated Besiktas. In the first leg at home won with 2-1 after two late goals for a come back, while in the second leg the opponent totally dominated on the pitch, but won only with 2-1. So there was an extra time and penalties, where Lyon was lucky to win and continue to the next round. But in the last 2 months made 5 loses from 9 games, so their form is not really good. Also their striker Lacazette is injured and most probably will miss this trip to Amsterdam.
NOWGOAL BETTING VERDICT:
After all, both teams are not in best form in the last couple of weeks, but Ajax are with full squad available and in amazing home form with 20 wins in 21 games this season, so I expect a home win in the first leg.
Ajax @ 2,38